This image shows the ATTAS research aircraft at the airport in Prague. DLR researchers contributed to the project EMMA' (European Airport Movement Management) in 2008 by testing traffic detection and runway monitoring.
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ATTAS and the test team of the 'AWARD' EU project. In 1999, a radar and an infrared camera (FLIR) were installed in its nose boom. With the project, researchers were looking to improve visibility for pilots, known as 'Enhanced Vision'. The data acquired by the additional sensors allowed for the display of contours on a head-up display, superimposing it with the natural vision.
The picture shows the ATTAS research aircraft with the nose boom and integrated 5-hole probe. With the help of differential pressures, it measures the angle of attack and sideslip.
A smoke generator was installed on the left wing tip of ATTAS to intensify the backscatter signal. The wake of an aircraft was specifically controlled and measured in 2001. The smoke generator was mounted on the left wing as fittings had been installed for a previous experiment involving a camera mount.
This image shows the ATTAS cockpit. The left hand side cockpit controls (evaluation pilot's seat) are disconnected from the right hand side mechanical basic aircraft controls of the safety pilot. The evaluation pilot has a two-axes sidestick, FBW-thrust levers, a landing flap lever, and programmable electronic primary and navigational displays available.
In 2003 ATTAS was fitted with a new experiment system. The research aircraft received a new computer system for measuring and recording data. The image shows the working positions, where the flight test engineer and researcher can display data during flight.
This image shows ATTAS (Advanced Technologies Testing Aircraft System) during a test flight in 2007. ATTAS was used as a test aircraft by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for 27 years. ATTAS was designed as a 'flying simulator' to test the flight behavior of others aircraft - in existence or virtual.
The application portfolio of ATTAS is very wide-ranging. With its measurement and test equipment, ATTAS is used for numerous test duties, such as testing future air traffic control procedures and low-noise approaches, for example. Research into wake vortices is also carried out with ATTAS; these are air turbulences that occur as a result of the lift produced on the wings.